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Light Horse Tavern

742 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Cozy (22)
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Opened in 2002, this local favorite has become an institution. Light Horse Tavern's chef, Bill Gray brings a new exciting vision to the Jersey City culinary scene. The chef's philosophy is to source out seasonal ingredients and to preserve the integrity of the product when cooking.

The seasonal menu always includes a variety of fresh oysters and clams, as well as lighter fare such as the grilled octopus salad, fresh market fish, and heartier favorites such as the prime steaks.

Whether settling in at the bar for a pint or indulging in the spectacular cuisine, you are sure to become addicted to the experience. Visit any day for lunch, weekend days for brunch, and always for exquisite food, people watching and pristine outdoor seating.

Light Horse Tavern, a revolutionary dining experience!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(201) 946-2028
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bill Gray
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Private party facilities
Light Horse Tavern offers a private dining room available for brunch, lunch and dinner events as well as cocktail receptions.
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Private party contact
Ron Smith: (201) 946-2028
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Light Horse Tavern can do catered events. For more information please ask to speak to our Private Events Coordinator.
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Cross street
Morris Street
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Parking details
Street parking is available around Light Horse Tavern but the Tavern also offers discounted parking for three hours at the ProPark Madox Building.
The parking garage entrance is located one block west of the tavern on Morris Street. The address of the parking garage building is 198 Van Vorst Street. Bring your ticket and ask to have it validated at the restaurant.
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Public transit
Light Horse Tavern is conveniently situated next to several public transit stops. The Essex Street stop on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is two blocks from the restaurant. The Exchange Place Path station is a 10 minute walk. The Paulus Hook Ferry terminal is a 10 minute walk. The Grove Street Path station is a 15-20 minute walk.
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Light Horse Tavern Live Music Series:

Showcasing Different Artists Throughout The Week: Monday's-- Live Guitar, Tuesday's-- Live Piano, Sunday-- Live Piano & Bass.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 742 People Are Saying
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3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Awesome and fresh french toast and banana pancakes. Only wish the server was more attentive. We were left without water refills and coffee refills for quite some time.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Food and atmosphere were great. Service could have been better as the waiter was not as knowledgeable as we would have liked.

CaitG (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My husband and I love eating at the Light Horse Tavern! The food never disappoints and the service is always great! They have a great menu and an outstanding brunch!

vipJerseyCity (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We've been here multiple times and have never been disappointed. The food is always delicious, the service is friendly yet professional, and I love the coziness of this place in the winter - all dark wood and atmosphere. Highly recommended, always.

vipMinze324 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

My husband, son and I ate here to celebrate my son's recent move to Jersey City. We were very impressed with the food and ambience! I had the duck, which I would order again in a minute! Mm husband and son enjoyed the burger and the pork chop. My littlenecks were briny and perfectly chilled but I waited a little bit for them--the server was very apologetic. It wasn't big deal and didn't affect our dining experience. They had my husband's favorite beer on tap and I enjoyed a tasty cocktail. We will DEFINITELY be back!!!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

very relaxed setting excellent food and great staff. What more do you need

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

I would recommend the Light Horse Tavern to my friends and business associates for the food, atmosphere, and service, all of which were wonderful. Thank you for an enjoyable night.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

GREAT place in JC for business lunch... looking forward to a return visit.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Haven’t been to light horse in a while because our last experience was really disappointing. Thought we’d give it another shot because it used to be a local favorite. Server was really nice but clearly had too many tables to give any level of acceptable service. Meal was truly bad. The meat temperatures were wildly off, and presentation was off putting. Sorry to see this decline in food quality and service over the last couple of years.

vipWesFainM (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Our server Jamel was excellent as was his suggested main course. We enjoy our visits to Lighthorse Tavern, always excellent plus great draft beer!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Our regular go-to in Paulus Hook-Food is always excellent and we love the cozy ambiance.

AJDC (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

If the website says brunch till 3:00.
You think that at 3:15 You could order from the regular menu. Not so. My wife ordered a Cuban sandwich from the brunch menu and upon return the waiter told us they were out. We ended up with two burgers we could have ordered at Applebees for twice the price. As we stated.... Disappointing..

vipStarky (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

We love this eatery. However, the waiter we had was a bit pushy. That gave our guests a bit of discomfort. Otherwise, it was a nice gathering and venue,

diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

First time there and won't be the last. Very nice atmosphere and delicious food. On the pricey side with small portions but they had a nice menu. We will be returning...

PFMJC (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Great casual place in town! Food, staff and atmosphere always top notch.